Part 2: How to Grow in Holiness (with Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR)

In this second part of Dr. Sri’s interview of Fr. Mark-Mary, they continue their discussion of growing in holiness. Fr. Mark-Mary shares more wisdom from his book, Habits for Holiness: Small Steps for Making Big Spiritual Progress.

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Caring for the poor is an essential component of our faith.


Habits for Holiness

How do you grow closer to sainthood in your daily life? Fr. Mark-Mary, CFR, the Director of Communications for the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and a regular Ascension Presents speaker, answers this question. He takes 800 years of wisdom from the Franciscans and provides small and manageable steps that can lead anyone to great holiness. You can learn more here.

How to Make Our Days Christian

There are certain days of the week that the Church has designated for particular activities and practices. Sunday is the Lord’s Day. It is the day we celebrate his resurrection. Most of us know that we are obligated to attend Mass on this day. However, we are also called to rest and avoid work. It is also good to mark Sundays with community or family time.

Fridays are another day that the Church has designated with particular practices. Fridays are meant to be a day of penance. Every Friday, we are called to remember the Lord’s passion and death. As we remember this, we are also encouraged to do some form of penance ourselves. This could be abstaining from meat, sweets, or some other comfort. Perhaps, you could pray the Stations of the Cross or attend Mass.

Love for the Poor

“It is essential and important because it is right and just by natural law and Jesus said so.” We must serve the poor just as Jesus did. Look at his example and follow it. Below are practical ways you can serve the poor:

  • Call someone (a friend or family member) who you know might really benefit from hearing from you.
  • Go on a mission trip.
  • Find somewhere to volunteer.


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Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.

Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri.  Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.

Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.

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